The Spin
A tongue in cheek review of the news published this week regarding Wise County.
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For the week ending 9/20/03:

The Story The local Wise County Republicans, wishing to stay "rural",  voted 30-0 to oppose a request of Rep. Phil King to place Wise County in a metroplex Congressional District.
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The Spin They also voted to communicate to other members by CB radio, proclaimed the Internet to be a  "passing fad", and tabled a discussion of whether the automobile is "over-rated".

The Story County Commissioners voted to cut by $20,000 the amount of funds normally provided to the Juvenile Probation Department after learning the Department's employees were receiving 5% pay increases through other sources of income.  
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The Spin We'll give the Commissioners this much - most governmental entities pretend the public has no idea what some county/state employees are earning but this group will make it front page news if they think something is out of whack.

The Story The Messenger is flooded with ads, editorials and Letters to the Editor debating the merits of the upcoming Decatur ISD bond election.
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The Spin And we also saw that Charles Wilhite has a good fall garden.

The Story "Decatur's $32.8 million school bond election picked up important support Tuesday from the Decatur Economic Development Corporation". Thursday's Messenger, p. 12A.
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The Spin People were on pens and needles at Matties waiting for the announcement to come down.

The Story The Bridgeport School Board entertained several fund raising projects. "The project that drew attention was a plan to place [Decatur] Eagle signs in Bridgeport yards. Funds will be raised when loyal Bull fans pay the Bridgeport athletic boosters to remove the signs." Messenger's Thursday edition, p. 9A.
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The Spin The Methodists immediately jumped on the fund raising idea by proposing that similar signs be placed in church member's yards that read "Only Southern Baptists Will Go to Heaven."

The Story A Starbucks like coffee shop named "Java City" opened at Northwest High School.
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The Spin "With the Robin Hood plan taking all of our money, we had to come up with an alternative income source," said one ficticious school spokeman. "These kids were raised on cappuccinos so this was a no-brainer. Heck, I asked one of 'em the other day if she wanted Sanka, and she looked and asked if that was anything like a Toffee Nut Latte."

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